Monthly Overview – October 2016

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Marie DeCock (student assistant, UGent).

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Lecture F. Tulkens ‘Fundamental rights and state security: inseparable allies’ (Constitutional Law Lecture Series – 30 November 2016)

tulkensBelConLawBlog and the Constitutional Law Research Group would like to invite you for a guest lecture by Em. Prof. Françoise Tulkens, former judge in the European Court of Human Rights, on “Fundamental rights and state security: inseparable allies”.
Prof. Tulkens will elaborate in English upon a highly important and timely topic, i.e. the compatibility of counterterrorism measures with international human rights. She will also analyze the advantages and pitfalls of a constitutional state of emergency.

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High Court geeft “Brexiteers” een les in Brits grondwettelijk recht

Thomas Verellen (Doctoraatsbursaal, Instituut voor Europees recht, KU Leuven – Michigan Grotius Research Scholar, University of Michigan Law School)

brexitIn een uitspraak waar zowel in binnen- als buitenland met argusogen  naar werd uitgekeken, heeft de High Court of Justice voor Engeland en Wales gisteren aan de Britse eerste minister Theresa May duidelijk gemaakt dat de procedure om de EU te verlaten niet in gang kan worden gezet zonder toestemming van het Britse Parlement. In tegenstelling tot de indruk die het in juni 2016 georganiseerde referendum had gewekt, maakt de High Court in deze uitspraak duidelijk dat de grondwet van het Verenigd Koninkrijk gestoeld blijft op het beginsel dat de ‘soevereiniteit’ bij het Parlement ligt.

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Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review

In the fourth instalment of the I-CONnect Year-in-Review series, Luc Lavrysen (Judge at the Belgian Constitutional Court and Full Professor at Ghent University), Jan Theunis (Associate Professor at Hasselt University and law clerk at the Belgian Constitutional Court), Jurgen Goossens (Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University and Assistant Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Pieter Cannoot (Academic Assistant at Ghent University), and Viviane Meerschaert (Legal Officer at the Belgian Constitutional Court) published a report on the developments in Belgian constitutional law of 2015.

See L. Lavrysen, J. Theunis, J. Goossens, P. Cannoot and V. Meerschaert, Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, October 12, 2016, at: http://www.iconnectblog.com/2016/10/developments-in-belgian-constitutional-law-the-year-2015-in-review.

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Monthly Overview – July, August, September 2016

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Marie DeCock (student assistant, UGent)

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Monthly Overview – June 2016

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Juan Benjumea Moreno (academic assistant, UGent).

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The two faces of counter-terrorism measures: fundamental rights and freedoms pressurized by counter-terrorism measures

Jasmine Rayée, Sophie Schiettekatte, Dorien Surinx, Judith Vermeulen (master students, UGent), Pieter Cannoot (assistant, UGent) and Dr. Jurgen Goossens (postdoctoral researcher, UGent)

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terrorismFollowing the Paris attacks in November 2015, the Belgian federal government issued a list of counter-terrorism measures to be implemented as a tool to combat the surge of terrorism threats. The proposals, depicted as necessary for the safety and security of the citizens, did not come as a surprise. An increase in anti-terrorism measures can be observed all over Europe and beyond, allegedly justified as part of a state’s obligation under international law to protect its citizens. However, some measures inevitably entail restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms. Are we witnessing an unprecedented pressure on our fundamental constitutional rights? This post will analyse the effect of recent counter-terrorism measures on the right to privacy, the right to freedom and nationality in Belgium. While combating terrorism clearly constitutes a legitimate aim, it is necessary to analyze the proportionality, necessity and efficiency of some measures.

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De keerzijde van de medaille: fundamentele rechten en vrijheden onder druk door anti-terreurmaatregelen

Jasmine Rayée, Sophie Schiettekatte, Dorien Surinx, Judith Vermeulen (masterstudenten, UGent), Pieter Cannoot (assistent, UGent) en Dr. Jurgen Goossens (postdoctoraal onderzoeker, UGent)

terrorismIn de nasleep van de terroristische aanslagen in Parijs in november 2015, heeft de Belgische federale overheid een aantal anti-terreurmaatregelen vooropgesteld om de terrorismedreiging in ons land aan te pakken. Een toename van anti-terreurmaatregelen kan worden waargenomen over het hele Europese continent en daarbuiten, in het kader van de internationaalrechtelijke verplichting voor elke staat om zijn bevolking te beschermen. We kunnen er niet om heen dat sommige van deze maatregelen onvermijdelijk inperkingen van onze fundamentele rechten met zich meebrengen. Staan we oog in oog met een ongeziene druk op onze grondrechten? Deze blogpost zal het effect van de recente anti-terreurmaatregelen op het recht op privacy, vrijheid en nationaliteit analyseren. Hoewel het evident lijkt dat de bestrijding van terrorisme een legitiem doel inhoudt, is het nodig om de proportionaliteit, noodzakelijkheid en efficiëntie van enkele maatregelen te analyseren.

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Monthly Overview – May 2016

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Elien Verniers (research assistant, UGent).

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Monthly Overview – April 2016

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Elien Verniers (research assistant, UGent).

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